“Government support for buses must not be cut” says Bus Users UK

“Government support for buses must not be cut” says Bus Users UK

Bus Users UK is calling on the Chancellor to protect the Bus Services Operators’ Grant (BSOG) in the forthcoming spending review.

Removal of the grant could see bus passengers facing a 10% increase in fares, marginalising vulnerable people and causing even greater hardship for those on the lowest incomes.

The BSOG, which currently contributes £345million to bus services, generates economic benefits of between £2.50 and £3.50 for every £1 spent. Bus Users believes that its removal would not only lead to a 10% increase in fares but could see bus services cut by 10%.

The Rt Hon Norman Baker, Chair of Bus Users, said: “Around 2.5million people rely on buses every day, while a further 3.8million use the bus for shopping. Buses carry nearly three times more passengers a year than rail and for millions of people they provide a lifeline, enabling them to engage in society and contribute to the nation’s economy.

“The economic and social benefits of the BSOG are considerable and we would urge Government to safeguard this vital, yet relatively modest, source of funding.”

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